n.59 May/June 2015

Budget cuts in sight at the Pentagon - The US Congress is gearing up for a battle over the defence budget this year as the two-year accord of 2013 that reduced the impact of spending caps, known as sequestration, approaches its October expiration date. If the two political parties do not agree on an extension – and it seems unlikely they will – it could lead to drastic spending cutbacks. A few proposed cuts have already reached legislators’ desks.

There are few nations in the world in which justice is at the heart of political debates, media information and artistic narratives as it is in the United States. But where does the American prison system stand in relation to the rest of the world and in absolute terms?

The Saudi dynasty, a symbol of stability, is playing regional and international politics trusting in the endurance of Arab Sunni Islam.
Western Kurdistan works on an experiment in democratic autonomy on the seething border between Syria, Iraq and Turkey.
A double-sided coin for Africa: a cash flow problem for exporting countries has advantages for importers but stalls countries’ oil production programmes.
The Mamasapano massacre, the Philippines' 9/11, stalls the precarious peace process on the island of Mindanao.
Laos' hydroelectric plans threaten the fragile Cambodian economy that relies on the Mekong floods.
'Brain drain' scientists all behave the same.

Foreign policy develops its own language to gain strategic control of the web.

Social inequality introduced during the dictatorship has prospered in democracy and now 1% of the population controls 30% of GDP.
Syriza's strategy has united the EU front. Now they should start being self-serving and help Greece out as well.